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Plus some super handy tips to help you get ready for Champlain!

If you have questions about your journey to Champlain, then you’ve come to the right place. Over the years, we’ve helped thousands of newly admitted students successfully transition to college life. And we’re here to share that wisdom with you!

These helpful insights should cover everything you need to know as you prepare to start school in the fall – from where to set up a bank account to when you’ll start classes to how your meal plan works, and so much more. Who knows, you might find the answer to a question you hadn’t even thought to ask yet!

Still have questions? If you didn’t find the answer to your question here, please do not hesitate to call, email, or text us! You can reach out directly to your Counselor to ask a question, schedule a Zoom video conversation, or just have a phone chat. Or, if you prefer, you can call or text: (802) 625-0201 or email:

Application/Admissions Questions

Residential Life Questions

  • In addition to a list of what to bring (and what NOT to bring) to campus, you’ll find move-in information and other tips here.

  • All first-year students live in one of the restored Victorian-era mansion residence halls located around Main Campus. You can find out more about each residence hall here. You’ll be able to your preferences when you submit your Housing Preference Form online.

    First Come, First Served
    Housing placement priority is given in order of when your enrollment deposit is received. The faster you submit those forms, the more likely you are to be placed in one of your top-choice residence halls or with the roommate(s) you’ve selected.

    Your Student Housing Preference Form is due June 1.

  • By August 1, your Housing Assignment will be posted on The Housing Director, our online housing portal. We will also send an email to your MyMail account with this information.

  • Your roommate assignment will be available when you get your housing assignment. Both will be posted on The Housing Director, our online housing portal, by August 1.

  • Single rooms are available in first-year housing, but there are a very limited number of them. Priority for those rooms is given to those with a medical need.

    Students who believe they may qualify for housing accommodation should work with the Office of Accessibility. Please refer to their website for details.

  • Our Office of Accessibility provides detailed instructions about the types of housing accommodations we offer and how to apply for them.

    The deadline for completing a Housing Accommodations Request Form is June 1.

  • Most campus housing features common bathrooms that are shared by all students on each floor. Those with a medical need should reach out to the Office of Accessibility and will need to submit a Housing Accommodations Request Form.

    The deadline for completing a Housing Accommodations Request Form is June 1.

  • We do our best to provide students with one of their top choices, whether that is a specific hall, roommate, or other accommodation. Students are placed according to their housing preference profiles and in spaces that will be conducive to a great living experience.

  • Pets are not allowed in campus housing. Service animals and assistance animals are the exception to this policy. More information is outlined on the Office of Accessibility Animal Policy webpage.

    The deadline for completing an Assistance Animal Application Form is June 1.

  • Typically, guests are welcome in residence halls Sunday-Thursday, 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM and Friday-Saturday, 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM.

    All guests must be visiting a particular person in the residence hall, and the person hosting the guest is responsible for the guest at all times. Guests may stay overnight with agreement from other room occupants; however, each guest may stay a maximum of two nights total each semester. Students and guests must sleep in a room not a lounge.

  • First-year students are not permitted to bring a car to Champlain.

    Champlain College is located in a residential neighborhood in the City of Burlington, so parking on campus and surrounding streets is extremely limited. In an effort to make the most efficient use of our parking spaces and maintain the excellent relations we enjoy with our neighbors, Champlain has developed a strict campus parking policy that applies to everyone: students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The good news is that there are still plenty of ways to get around:

    While first-year students are not permitted to bring a vehicle to campus, there is a waiver provision based on specific criteria for those who can demonstrate a medical or employment need to have a car on campus. Should a waiver be granted, the parking will be at our satellite lot at 175 Lakeside Avenue, with a small number of Main Campus spaces available for those who meet additional criteria. This off-campus lot is easily accessible by an eight-minute shuttle ride, which operates 18 hours per day, and we offer free taxi rides for the times shuttles aren’t running. A parking permit costs $175 per semester.

    For a complete description of parking regulations and instructions for obtaining a parking permit waiver, visit the parking website.

  • Getting to and from home for the holidays is easy using long-distance transportation options. Champlain is only 15 minutes from the Burlington International Airport, and the downtown bus station, which serves Greyhound, Megabus, and Vermont Translines, is just a short walk from campus.

    There is an Amtrak station in nearby Essex Junction, and we typically offer free shuttles there during break periods. And there’s a good chance that there are other Champlain students who live close to your hometown and would give you a ride. Try using Facebook or student carpooling apps, such as Wheeli.

  • Emails will be sent to students’ Champlain MyMail account when letters and packages arrive. Visit the mailroom page for more information.

  • Storage Scholars is the preferred moving, storage, and shipping partner of Champlain College. We are committed to making your move-out process as smooth and timely as possible!

    Looking to ship your belongings to Champlain? Here’s how it works:

    1. Storage Scholars Ships You Empty Boxes: They send a bundle of empty boxes along with tape and prepaid return shipping labels to your home.
    2. You Pack & Ship Back: You pack your items in the boxes, seal them up, and ship them back over to Storage Scholars over the summer months.
    3. They Receive & Deliver: The Storage Scholars team receives those packages, stores them, and delivers them ready and waiting in your room when you arrive on campus.

    Sign Up Now

    Looking to store your belongings over the summer? Here’s how it works:

    1. They Supply: They supply all the essentials to pack and safely store all your items.
    2. They Pick Up: A fellow student will come grab your things at a time that is convenient for you!
    3. They Deliver: When you are ready to come back to campus, they will have your items delivered and waiting for you in your new home.

    Talk about making it easy! Watch this video to learn more about the process.

    This is the only moving company that is insured and permitted to be on campus. All moving and storage arrangements are managed directly by students, who will need to coordinate on-campus pickup and retrieval of belongings. Email or call (336) 815-0100 with questions.

  • Quiet hours are 11:00 PM-7:00 AM daily. Of course, courtesy is expected 24 hours a day. During exam periods, 24-hour quiet is required in all residence halls.

  • On the weekends, a free shuttle bus takes students to Sugarbush, about an hour’s drive from campus.

    Other ski areas within driving distance are Jay Peak, Burke, Killington, Smugglers’ Notch, and Mad River Glen. For more information about skiing and riding in Vermont, click here.

  • All residential students are required to purchase the Carte Blanche meal plan, which grants unlimited access to the IDX Dining Hall!

    The Carte Blanche meal plan also includes $150 in Flex dollars to be used at EATS, the retail dining court in the CCM building where you’ll find Zime and The Grille. Flex dollars are used like cash at both the IDX Dining Hall and EATS. When you use your card at IDX, it will swipe against your meal plan, if you have one. If you’re out of guest swipes, you can still bring a friend in for a meal using your Flex dollars.

  • You cannot use your Carte Blanche meal plan to purchase things off campus. BUT your Champlain College ID (CC Card) can also act like a debit card, providing you with CC Cash.

    You can make deposits that will load onto your CC Card, which you can then use for campus laundry, the bookstore, and at snack bars. This is separate from your Carte Blanche meal plan. You may also use the debit card around town at multiple vendors, wherever merchants display our CC Card logo.

Academic Questions

  • Yes, depending on the score and AP exam that a student has taken. If a student earns a 4 or better on an AP exam, Champlain will award three credits for each exam. For Computer Science, Statistics, and Calculus AP exams, an AP score of 3 or better will be awarded three credits toward specific Computer Science, Statistics, and Calculus courses. If a student earns a C or better in a course at another institution, the credit will be awarded.

    In order to be granted the credits, Champlain must receive notification of the AP score or student transcript from the college.

    If you have taken any AP exams, have an official score report sent to the Office of Admissions in August. If you have taken courses at another college, please have that institution send an official transcript. Any courses completed on a college campus must have an official transcript for credit to be granted.


    Champlain College
    Office of Admissions
    P.O. Box 670
    Burlington, VT 05402

  • You can find all of that information and more in the academic calendar here.

  • Champlain offers a wide range of resources to help you meet all of your academic goals!

    First, we have an amazing system of academic support through our SMART Space. This is an entire building devoted to academic success strategies that will help you build your skills, such as goal setting, organizational strategies, reading strategies, note-taking, study strategies, time management, and test taking.

    We also have tutor and peer mentoring labs across disciplines, plus online resources available 24/7 through Smarthinking, and academic coaching programs designed to build your academic skills. And we can’t forget about our award-winning librarians, who are second to none when it comes to academic guidance!

    We also recognize how important mental health is to your academic performance, and we make a point to offer stress-management techniques and fun programs like puppy therapy around midterms and finals.

    We are here to help you get the most out of your valuable college education and build skills for a successful future.

    Check out all the academic support opportunities Champlain has to offer.

  • Once you have your Fall schedule, you may order your textbooks. With your course schedule in hand, visit the Campus Store’s website. Click on the “Books” tab, then continue through the directions to “Search by Course.”

    Once you have selected your term, department, course number, and section, you’ll be able to view all required books. Make sure your section numbers match your schedule. You’ll have the option to buy or rent books new or used based on availability. All options can be purchased in the store or online.

    When purchasing online, you can choose between free shipping or picking up your books when you get to campus. If you choose in-store pickup, you just need to bring your Champlain College ID card to the bookstore. Note that we do not ship to residence halls, the campus mailroom, or any other on-campus location.

    If you choose to wait and order your books when you get to campus after the semester starts, the staff at the Campus Store will help you out. If we’re out of stock for a book you need, we’ll put in a special order and pay for the shipping. Talk to a team member if you need help.

    How To Rent Your Textbooks
    The Campus Store has almost all books available for renting. To rent a book, you need to bring a credit or debit card, along with a valid ID (driver’s license, passport, or state ID card). All rented books must be returned to the bookstore by the last day of finals for each semester. If a rental is not returned at the end of the semester, you will be charged the difference between the rental cost and purchase price.

    Return Policy
    All books, with a receipt and in resalable condition, can be returned to the Campus Store within seven days after the start of the semester. If you add/drop a course, you can exchange or return books within 30 days as long as you show valid paperwork.

    Campus Store Price Matching
    When buying or renting textbooks, if you find a book somewhere else locally or online for less, we will match the price.

  • Find a complete list of our computer requirements by major as well as information about discounts available at specific retailers here.

  • Start planning now! Whether you’re looking to spend a semester or a full year studying abroad, you’ll want to meet with an Advisor from our Office of International Education sooner rather than later. They will help you plan your academic schedule to incorporate the study abroad program of your choice.

    Learn more about all of our study abroad opportunities here.

  • You should direct any questions you have about your major to your Program Director.

  • Yes. If you are an enrolled new student who has not started classes yet, you may call or text an Admissions Counselor at (802) 625-0201 to discuss your options regarding changing your major.

    If you have already started taking classes at Champlain and want to switch majors, contact your current Faculty Advisor and the Program Director of the major you wish to switch into. They’ll work together with you and the Registrar to transition your program.

Finance Questions

  • All students admitted into a Champlain bachelor’s degree program are automatically considered for one of our merit-based scholarships. These scholarships focus on students who exemplify excellence in academics and engagement outside the classroom.

    All admitted students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be considered for Champlain’s need-based scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, allowing the College to enroll the brightest, most diverse group of students regardless of family income.

    Champlain reviews each student individually and awards scholarships that match the student’s level of achievement, need, and other characteristics.

    For more information, contact Champlain College’s Compass Student Services at (802) 860-2777 or

  • Banks within walking distance to campus include:

    Also, you can use your Champlain College ID card as a CC Cash Card. Once you deposit funds into your account, you can use your CC Cash Card as a debit card at merchants on- and off-campus-wherever you see the CC Cash Card logo!

  • Health insurance is required for all students. If you do not have outside insurance, Champlain College offers a health insurance plan that you can purchase. Learn more about our Full-Time Student Health & Accident Insurance options.

    If you get sick, you can go to the Student Health Center. It provides health care to Champlain College’s undergraduate and international students, both on-campus residents and commuters.

    All students are welcome, whether you’re covered by Champlain insurance or your parent’s or guardian’s policy. The Student Health Center staff includes registered nurses and nurse practitioners, as well as a variety of medical consultants.

Campus Life Questions

  • Moving away from home and settling into a new environment can be exciting-but also a little overwhelming. Thankfully, Champ 101 is here to help you find your footing. This 10-week program is designed specifically to support incoming first-year students as they adjust to life on campus. Each week, you’ll join two short workshops focused on building community with your peers and supporting your academic, social, and personal transition. Transfer students have a similar program that is shorter in recognition of their previous college experience.

    Find more information about Champ 101 here, as well as the New Student Experience.

  • New Student Arrival, Move-In & Orientation: August 24-27
    New Student Orientation officially kicks off with move-in, where crews will be ready to help you move into your new home away from home. With residence halls opening at 8am, you’ll have plenty of time to settle in before lunch and the President’s Welcome. Then from there, it’s off to a fun-filled weekend of Orientation activities!

    NOTE: Orientation is an incredibly important part of your Champlain experience! It’s also mandatory. As Orientation gets closer, you’ll find more information and a schedule on the Champlain Orientation page.

    What You Can Expect:

    • 8:00 AM // Residence halls open. Check in formally in front of your residence hall to receive your full Orientation schedule and meet your Orientation Leader.
    • 11:00 AM // Commuter student arrival. Check-in is at Perry Hall (Maple Street entrance).
    • 11:00 AM-1:00 PM // Lunch. Lunch will be available for all incoming students and their family members. Families of commuting students are welcome to join them for lunch and the President’s Welcome.
    • 1:00 PM // President’s Welcome. Immediately following the President’s Welcome, parents will depart-and you will head off to Orientation activities for the rest of the day and the remainder of the weekend.

    Need Assistance?
    For Move-In Questions:
    Housing & Residential Life
    (802) 860-2704

    For Orientation Questions:
    Office of Student Engagement
    (802) 865-6436

    International Orientation: August 19-21
    International Orientation is designed to help our international students, exchange visitors, and those who have lived their lives outside of the United States start to settle into life in Burlington. In addition to gaining a better understanding of immigration and visa-related issues, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the campus and community, make new friends, and learn more about the culture and customs of the United States. Above all else, it will also be a chance to have some fun as you begin your Champlain experience through a variety of different activities, workshops, and outings.

    Need Assistance?
    For International Questions:
    Office of International Student Services
    Jessa Karki
    (802) 865-6485

  • Burlington is one of the safest cities in one of the safest states in the country. That said, our campus is our community and maintaining safety and security for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors is our highest priority.

    The Campus Public Safety Office provides comprehensive services to prepare for, prevent, and respond to a variety of safety and security situations, including extreme weather, pandemic illness, burglary, and violence on campus. Public safety officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and on-campus emergency call boxes connect you directly to rapid response teams.

    To keep all members of our campus community informed, we’ve implemented a comprehensive Alert Notification System in the event of emergency evacuation, weather-related campus closures, and other situations requiring rapid mass communication.

    Additionally, all residence halls are locked; only residents have access cards. All residence halls are hardwired to the Burlington Fire Department, which is two minutes from campus.

    More information on campus security is available on the Campus Public Safety website.

  • Our Dining Hall has it all: amazing views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains, seven food stations, meals cooked to order, and much more. Our Sodexo chefs are trained to accommodate a variety of different palates and dietary needs. They offer gluten-free, non-dairy, and other allergen-free products every day. You’ll also find vegan, vegetarian, and lacto-ovo options at each meal.

    Students can also use their Cash Card at EATS food court, which features Zime, our “bistro with a twist,” along with The Grille, which offers a wide range of grilled sandwiches, sides, and daily specials.

    For information about Dining Hall hours, meal plan pricing, and menus, visit the Champlain Sodexo website. The best way to see all the good stuff is on the Champlain College Dining Services Facebook page.

  • Some of the best parts of college life happen outside of the classroom: discovering new opportunities, meeting new people, and exploring new places. At Champlain, there’s plenty of different activities you can choose from.

    The IDX Student Life Center is the main hub of activity on campus. Here, you’ll find a big-screen television, plenty of comfortable chairs, ultrafast Wi-Fi throughout the building, computers, and games. The center also houses the Argosy Gymnasium and the Wellness & Fitness Center.

    There are also hundreds of different clubs and organizations that are active on campus throughout the school year, giving you the chance to pursue your passions, try something new, and meet some like-minded people along the way. From photography to dance, esports to hockey, literary magazines to open mics and so much more – your opportunities abound!

    Most clubs are started by student leaders who want to see fun and rewarding events happening on and off campus. If you are interested in helping with the planning, get involved with the Student Government Association or CHAMP. These groups meet regularly to plan and implement many of the great activities that the college sponsors.

    Stay in the know on everything that’s happening on campus with The Stall Street Journal! It is posted throughout campus each week to keep you updated on the latest goings-on. You will also find new listings online each week. We also encourage you to attend the annual Activities Fair and barbecue in the second week of classes to meet program advisors and learn about all the opportunities for getting involved.

  • Champlain has long maintained a commitment to addressing issues of social justice and environmental stewardship in Burlington and beyond. Our community partners tell us they benefit from our support and involvement. We know that students value the experience of making a difference.

    Sustain Champlain offers opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage in service. Recognizing that reflective learning is the key to more intentional and productive service, the college takes care to connect community service with academic instruction-integrating experiential service and critical thinking with students’ major program, Core curriculum, and extracurriculars.

    At Champlain, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to help build a better, flourishing world for generations to come.

  • The Wellness & Fitness Center has a full range of weights, cycling, and other cardiovascular equipment, and a multipurpose space for dance, group classes—Pilates, Zumba, Body Pump, kickboxing, yoga—and strength-building exercise. The Argosy Gymnasium is available for basketball, soccer, volleyball, and other intramural and recreational activities.

  • If you still have questions, feel free to contact a member of our academic or administrative offices using the links below:

Fall Admitted Students

Perry Hall, 1st Floor
PO Box 670
Burlington VT 05402
Monday – Friday
Fax: 802-419-4957